Soccer is a Tier 1 event. Competition begins as a round-robin within each battalion.
The game is played 6-on-6 with five (5) field players and a goalie. Five (5) players are required to avoid a forfeit. One player from each team is designated as the team captain before the start of play.
Start time is forfeit time: there is no grace period for players to arrive late. Two (2) game forfeits disqualify a team from further play.
It is strongly recommended that a mouthpiece be worn. Slide tackling will result in an immediate ejection. There are no warnings or exceptions.
Games are played in two (2) 15-minute halves with a 5-minute break between halves. Games may be shortened at the discretion of the officials for darkness, inclement weather, or formation. Twenty minutes of play will constitute a complete game. The clock runs continuously except for officials’ time-outs. There are no team time-outs.
In the event of a tie at the end of regulation play, teams will go to penalty kicks. Teams will alternate kickers. Following five (5) kicks for each team, the winner is the team scoring the most goals. If the game remains tied, kicks will continue until one team scores, and the other does not. Each team must use the goalie who was in the game when regulation play ended; goalies may kick. Players who were on the field at the end of regulation must kick penalty kicks before any sideline player.
Substitution of players may be made when the ball is not in play. A substitute goalie must notify the official upon entering the game.
If a female scores a goal, the point value is two (2).
There is no offsides rule. All players may go anywhere in the field of play.
Violation of any of the following rules results in a direct free kick by the opposing team:
- intentionally handling the ball
- deliberately kicking an opponent
- tripping an opponent
- charging, rushing, or holding an opponent
- other dangerous play as judged by officials
When a direct free kick violation occurs within the penalty area, an opposing player takes a penalty kick from the 12-yard line. Any player charged with two (2) fouls is disqualified from the game.
The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association governs all other rules.